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Brookhaven MARTA’s Mixed Use Development Plans

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

MARTAMARTA is becoming one of the most active real estate development partners in and around the city of Atlanta. If you look at a map of planned development, typically you will find a MARTA station as the centerpiece of past and upcoming mixed-use projects.

That’s because two years ago MARTA made a commitment to put more residential units and retail space on land around its train stations. This is due in large part to a national trend of companies relocating headquarters to walkable, mixed use communities. Groundbreaking for these mixed-use developments for Arts Center, Oakland City, King Memorial, Avondale, Edgewood-Candler Park and Chamblee stations should commence by the end of 2016 and the Brookhaven project by 2017.

And MARTA benefits as ridership increases as more people live, work and shop near the stations.

The Brookhaven development project on MARTA’s Gold Line encompass​es​ a largely empty parking lot adjacent to the train station and, at 15 acres, represent​s​ the largest mixed-use project MARTA has attempted in the last two years. This type of development​ ​further heat​s​ up an already white-hot real estate market. The proposal include​s​ residential and retail space​, a park, a hotel​ and, possibly, include a new Brookhaven city hall and library.

It is this type of development that young professionals demand and this demand will continue to drive Brookhaven home prices up. Fading from the landscape are the office parks and large regional malls. Urban, walkable districts with housing, shopping, dining and entertainment are the trend for millenials.

Brookhaven, with successful, existing m​i​xed-use communities such as Town Center Brookhaven and Village Place (along Dresden Drive), should continue to attract and benefit from this type of development.

For more information on the Brookhaven MARTA development, Brookhaven Marta Development.

Call The Peters Company today for your real estate needs – we are Brookhaven experts!​ 404-419-3619

Written by Dore Brooks, Buyer Specialist at The Peters Company

Interest Rate Education with Jennie Moshure

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Thinking about buying a new home in Metro Atlanta this year? Jennie Moshure, Lead Buyers Agent at The Peters Company, gives a little information about the 2016 Metro Atlanta real estate market and interest rates!

Give The Peters Company a call today at 404-419-3619!

Billion Dollar Powerball and Atlanta’s Most Expensive Real Estate

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Billion Dollar PowerballSo what if the odds of winning 1.5 billion dollars were 1 in 292 million? It was still fun to think about all of the things you would do with all of those dollars (post-tax, of course). Other than paying off debt, most people I talked to mentioned some sort of real estate endeavor as their first move. A private tropical island here, a sprawling penthouse in Manhattan there, the $200 million dollar Playboy Mansion that is now for sale (and you’d still have enough money leftover for the amount of cleaning supplies that place would need). We’ve all imagined these luxuries, right?

Did you stop to think about what mega monstrosities you could purchase in your own backyard? The three priciest residential properties in Atlanta/metro Atlanta lie in the 30327 Zip Code, which happens to be the most expensive zip code in all of Georgia.

Topping the list at a whopping $48,000,000 is a quaint 7 bedroom, 8 bathroom (plus 3 half bathrooms) European estate off of Riverview Road. Spanning across 18.6 acres and built of limestone and brick, you will find perfectly manicured lawns, gates galore, a tennis court, a guest house, home gym, pretty much anything you can imagine so you would never have to leave your house. Ever. The home is closing in on 2 years on the market. As you can probably imagine, homes like these don’t just fly off the market.

Not far behind at #2 is, well, actually three houses on one property. For a cool $44,500,000 these West Paces Ferry Road stunners on 23 acres can be yours! Amenities include soccer field, lighted tennis court, field house, putting green, Olympic park fountain, garage built for a classic car collection, gazebo, aviary and each home has its own pool. Pictured in the listing are two swans and a peacock. No note of those being part of the sale, but everything is negotiable, right?

If homes in the $40,000,000 range are a little bit out of your budget then #3 might just be the perfect one for you. The $25,000,000 French Provincial home located on Paces Ferry boasts 7 bedrooms, 9 full bathrooms and 5 half bathrooms. Nestled on 17 acres on the Chattahoochee River this home includes an infinity edge pool, tennis court, full gym, spa, home theater, hobby house, underground ballroom WITH a catering kitchen (how cool is that?!), many different gardens, security guard stand, and the list goes on. Oh, how could I forget to mention? This is the Tyler Perry estate! Madea herself. It really is truly breathtaking (in pictures, at least).

Maybe you didn’t win the Powerball, but maybe you still want to buy one of these incredible homes. The Peters Company can help you with that! Give us a call at 404-419-3619 today!

Written by Shiloh Sadoti, Buyer Specialist

Just Listed :: Lilburn Home with Rocking Chair Front Porch!

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

2388 Cannon Hill Road Flyer Front2388 Cannon Hill Road Flyer Back
Welcome home! Nestled in the popular Stones Crossing neighborhood, this is just the home you’ve been looking for! The flowing floor plan, custom features, and charming character will never go out of style. The close proximity to Highway 78 and Scenic Highway makes this home convenient to and from any direction. You’ll also enjoy being close to many well-loved restaurants and shopping spots! Nature enthusiasts will love being only minutes from Stone Mountain Park!

  • Kitchen features ample cabinet and counter space, stainless steel appliances, and a wonderful breakfast area with bay window.
  • Separate dining room is perfect for entertaining.
  • Large living room has a cozy fireplace with brick surround.
  • Main floor half bathroom is ideal for guests.
  • Master suite is a true retreat including a walk-in closet and attached master bathroom.
  • Two additional bedrooms are well-sized and bright.
  • Large bonus room would make great 4th bedroom, home office, or playroom.
  • Finished room in basement would be great for a home office, playroom, or media room.
  • Unfinished area provides tons of storage space.
  • Garage easily fits two vehicles with room for storage.
  • The park-like backyard features plenty of green grass and a tranquil creek.
  • Wonderful curb appeal including a rocking chair front porch.

Two Birds with One Stone… Atlanta 5k

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

110401-N-HC601-027 SAN DIEGO (April 1, 2011) Sailors cross the line during the first annual Chief Petty Officer Birthday 5K Run/Walk at Naval Base San Diego. The run/walk celebrated the 118th birthday of the chief petty officer rank and was open to Sailors, dependents, civilians, contractors and retirees. (U.S. Navy photo by Candice Villarreal/Released)

If you’re like most Americans, you have a few goals or plans that you want to accomplish in 2016. And I’m right there with you! In fact, during December, I not only planned out (in great detail) my 2016 goals, but also the things I want the most for my life in 3 years, 5 years, and 10 years from now! I took the most important things for 2016 and put them on a vision board. I look at that board every day which helps me stay focused on the tasks I need to be doing in order to accomplish those goals.

I have noticed, however, that I have A LOT that I want to accomplish this year. I’ve decided that in order to accomplish everything I need to “work smarter, not harder”. I’ve had to figure out activities I can do that will work double time for me. Meaning, the activity will help me work towards checking 2 or more things off of my 2016 goals at one time.

One of the things I put on my 2016 vision board was that I wanted to run 150 miles this year. OK, OK, I know that may not sound like a lot to you avid runners, but this is a big deal for me! I also added to my vision board that I wanted to learn more about different neighborhoods in Atlanta. I’ve lived here just over a year now and it’s time to start branching out and seeing what all Atlanta has to offer!

How do I plan on combining my efforts and working towards marking these two goals off together, you ask? Let me show you! What better way to get to know a neighborhood than being in it, right? And while you are out and about, why not RUN?! You see where I’m going?

Atlanta has hundreds, if not thousands, of 5k races all over town each year. So, I’ve done my research and chosen races in a few of the neighborhoods I want to get to know better. Sounds like a win/win to me!

  1. Run Before You Crawl :: Grant Park – Just in time for warmer weather, April 9, 2016 will be the 7th annual race / pub crawl in Grant Park. After the 5k, runners will begin the pub crawl (if you wish) and can visit six of Grant Parks finest establishments J All proceeds from this race benefit the Grant Park Conservancy, Grant Park Parents Network, and the Grant Park Security Patrol.
  1. Kirkwood Spring Fling :: Kirkwood – In Mid May, Kirkwood hosts their annual Spring Fling. After the 5k, check out the BBQ competition and tour of homes. Ticket sale proceeds from the Tour of Homes benefit the Kirkwood Neighbors’ Organization.
  1. Old Fourth Ward 5K :: Old Fourth Ward – This will be the first annual Old Fourth Ward 5K! The race course for June 18, 2016 has been designed to include Ponce City Market, Historic Fourth Ward Park and MLK, Jr. Historic District. All proceeds from this race will go to Hope-Hill Elementary School.
  1. Atlanta Christmas 5K :: Virginia Highlands – This annual 5K is a popular one! With all runners getting Santa hats and Santa himself starting the race, it’s always a great time. After the race, head over to San Francisco Coffee Roasting Co. to warm up!

If running is on your 2016 goals, maybe I’ll see you there! While there, I also plan on visiting local shops, restaurants, and of course, looking at the houses! I’ll keep you updated as the year goes of my adventures in these neighborhoods!

If Buying and/or Selling a home is one of your 2016 goals, The Peters Company is here! We’d love to meet with you today to set up a timeline that will help you mark those goals off of your list! You can reach us at 404-419-3619 to get started!

Written by Katelyn Sheffield, The Peters Company Transaction Coordinator

Brrr… It’s COLD in Atlanta but Spring is right around the corner!

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

It’s getting cold this week! Hard to believe that Spring is just around the corner, and that generally means real estate amongst other things. What I’m seeing right now is that the market’s shift has finally allowed those homeowners who purchased in the high times to consider a move. Finally, right?!? I’m already going on listing appointments at the same frequency as I do in March, April, and May, and it’s January, y’all. This resurgent market will mean more homes will sell in 2016 than 2015, and it may be time for you. If it is, let’s get a head start before everyone else! Call me today at 404-419-3619. And thanks for watching my video with my buddies, Vada and Kelso!

The Peters Company :: Atlanta’s Most Talented Real Estate Team

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

House Peters Co TeamworkIt hit me like a ton of bricks… Sitting in a mastermind group a couple of months ago with fellow real estate agents all over the country facing personnel problems, I really started thinking about how lucky Andy and I are to have the BEST real estate team in Atlanta and one of the Top 100 in the nation. We just don’t have personnel problems. And, we never receive complaints about our people. In fact, we constantly receive raving reviews.

Then, it got me to thinking… Andy and I don’t have personnel problems because we follow an extensive interview process and hire the Top 1% of candidates. You see, many real estate agents are not business people too. They’re just sales people. So, they get overwhelmed and run out and hire the first living and breathing human being that walks through their office doors. Why? Because they are overwhelmed, people-people/salespeople that love everyone.  Their biggest problem… Many times they hire from a pool of one.

Guess what? When I start collecting resumes for a position, I will NOT fill the position until I have 100 resumes. I believe since our team is one of the Top 100 real estate teams in the nation, why in the world would I not review at least 100 resumes to find the Top 1 or the Top 1% to match our organization?

In fact, right now, I have collected over 350 resumes for a position opening on our team. The last few candidates that we’ve met with have asked, “Why has the position been open for so long? Why hasn’t it been filled?” The honest truth… I haven’t found the #1 candidate for the position.

Andy and I care deeply about your client experience here at The Peters Company. Our reputation means the world to us. So, we’re not going to hire haphazardly. We will never ever make a square peg fit in a round hole. It’s just not who we are. We want the best for our clients, the best for our team, and the best for the candidate. Earning a position on our team has to be a win/win for all parties involved.

So, our hiring process is not short. I spend weeks even months (sometimes) collecting resumes. In case you’re interested, here’s a quick overview of my process:

  1. Review resumes daily.
  2. Have 10-minute phone interviews to validate the top candidates’ resumes and see if we can move forward.
  3. Send personality profile to complete and schedule a time to meet in the office to discuss the results.
  4. Call at least 20+ references to uncover any potential concerns.
  5. Order 2nd personality profile that goes even deeper than the 1st.
  6. Spend about 4 hours in our office to discuss the candidate’s life story, the extensive personality assessment, and our team expectations and standards.

You may think we are NUTS and how do we find enough time for all these interviews and reference checks. Well, we’ve discovered we have to MAKE the time. The most important thing we can do is hire exceptional talent for The Peters Company. We want you working with the Top 1%, not just the Top 5 or even 25. It’s just not good enough.

So, just know… when you hire us to help you buy or sell your home, you are working with Atlanta’s finest real estate talent! Not only have they passed our test but they are also a solid match for their specific position!

Many times our clients will bring a bottle of wine to the closing. They’ll look Andy straight in the eye and say, “This bottle is not for you. It’s for Katelyn!” She was absolutely amazing!” There is nothing that makes us prouder than for our people to be well-loved by all of you!

And, please know, when you are working with any member of our team, you are working with the best and brightest in the business!

Written by Lesley Peters

Goal Setting, Peters Company Style

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Goals for 2016

Lesley and I were recently asked to become coaches, helping other real estate agents within Keller Williams Realty International achieve their goals and further their business. This distinguished honor was actually on my goal list from last year to achieve within the next TEN years. You see, every year I write a list of ad hoc goals to achieve in different intervals, such as 1 year, 3 years, 5 years, and 10 years. It’s always fascinating to look back at my goals once the year is over. I end up nailing *most* of my one year goals because they are generally critical given their short time frame to achieve. Unfortunately the whole getting into shape thing eludes me every year! What’s really incredible though is how many of the 3, 5, and even 10 year goals I achieve every year. We generally overestimate what we can do in one year and underestimate what we can accomplish in 3, 5, and 10 years. Keller Williams teaches us that “what you focus on expands,” and it’s an important lesson as we work tirelessly day in and day out. You have to make sure you are focusing on the right things instead of just being “busy” and letting business or life happen. Being intentional and focused leads to extraordinary results.

This intentionality and focus have led to amazing results in our own business at The Peters Company. Over the last three years, we’ve been focused on models and systems, people, and the customer service experience. The results have been explosive as we’ve seen a 72% increase in business over the last 3 years, and in that same time, our team has doubled in size. Models and systems are important because we have to accept that others have gone before us and paved a tremendous path for us to follow successfully. They also allow us to scale the business and think bigger. There’s no reason to reinvent the wheel, or at least not the whole wheel. People are important because you cannot physically or mentally do everything. Once you realize that there are people out there that can do your job or portions of your job better than you can, your world begins to change, and an exponential growth opportunity appears. The customer service experience is really where models, systems, and people, in this case team members, meet standards.

This year I rolled out this 1, 3, 5, and 10 year goal setting approach to our team, and incidentally it was perhaps the best discussion we had during our entire day-long 2016 kickoff meeting. The dialogue we had was engaging and inspiring. It was priceless. Team members helping other team members think about how they can make their goals a reality, creating accountability, and changing lives. Helping others achieve what they want is core to what The Peters Company is all about. It’s important for our employees and team members, and of course, it’s important for our clients. Making the shift to conversations around “What’s a win for you?” and “What does a perfect transaction look like for you?” are vital to the success of The Peters Company as we evolve and continue to deliver the best customer service experience in our industry. This is what we are focused on.

So, this brings us to you. I challenge you to write down your goals, and be honest with yourself. When will you accomplish them? If buying, selling, or investing in Metro Atlanta real estate is on that list even 10 years from now, please let us know. We want to help you make those goals a reality. After all, what good are goals that you don’t achieve?

Written by Andy Peters

New Year’s Eve in Atlanta

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

Top Golf Peters CoWell, it’s that time of year. 2015 is coming to an end and we are all getting prepared to ring in 2016! Tired of doing the same old things to celebrate New Year’s Eve and looking for something different? Well, look no further! Here are my top 5 unique ways to spend New Year’s Eve in Atlanta!

  1. Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl – Football. Need I say more!? Your day will begin with the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl Parade. You’ll see floats, classic cars, cheerleaders, mascots, and marching bands! The parade begins at 8:00 am on Baker Street near the GA Aquarium and needs near the Georgia World Congress Center. Kickoff for the game is at 12:00 noon. Don’t have tickets? No problem, just head to TacoMac, Hudson’s, or The Nook to watch the game with other fans. After the game you’ll still have plenty of time to hit up some other awesome events going on around town.
  1. Noon Year’s Eve – Yes, you read that right, noon. As in 12:00pm. For those of you with kiddo’s that will not make it to midnight, celebrate noon year’s eve! Choose your celebration of choice at Lego Land, The Fernbank Museum, or The Children’s Museum. All with have celebrations geared towards your children! Tickets for these events sell out fast, so be sure to get yours today!
  1. Widespread Panic at The Fox Theatre – Who doesn’t love a good concert to ring in the New Year? And Georgia’s own Widespread Panic at The Fox Theatre, no less! The show starts at 9:00 and is sure to be a great time.
  1. Top Golf – The Peter’s Co. LOVES Top Golf. So much so that we went as a team to play earlier this year (see picture below)! What an awesome way to bring in 2016! With the all-inclusive bay reservation, you’ll get unlimited non-alcoholic beverages, 1 bottle of champagne, New Year’s Eve party favors, and shareable snacks for you and your friends. They will also have a live DJ for your entertainment.
  1. National Beer Games – Oh yes, Beer Games. For $30, you get unlimited beer, pizza, and beer pong. There will be 16 competitive beer pong tables and 9 for those that “just want to have fun”. It will be a bracket style, double elimination system, so get your team geared up and ready to show Atlanta you are the best! There will even be cash prizes for the winners! The fun starts at 8:00, but get your tickets and team signed up now!

And, don’t forget to give The Peters Company a call if you decide to ring in the New Year with a new Atlanta home! 404-419-3619

The Wonder of Christmas Lights In and Around Atlanta

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015
Christmas Lights
One of the great things about living in a big city like Atlanta is that we have so many resources and a plethora of things to do at any given time.  Christmas is no exception!
You will be in awe of the various light displays in and around Atlanta.  Here are the top five in Atlanta and beyond:
Botanical Gardens  Located right off Piedmont Road near Piedmont Park in Midtown, The Botanical Garden is a great intown place to see some fabulous lights.  New this year is a massive Tunnel of Light. A great thing about this venue is that you can walk around The Botanical Garden and not be stuckin your car. There are also strolling carolers to get you in the holiday spirit. November 14 to January 9Here are more details.
Callaway Gardens A 1.5 hour drive south from Atlanta, Callaway Gardens’ annual Christmas celebration has been recognized by National Geographic as one of the Top 10 Christmas Light Displays in the World.  The Fantasy in Lights show has 8 million lights. 8 MILLION.  It is a fabulous drive-through show. But don’t just go for the lights, go enjoy being away from the city and stay there- they have a Lodge and Spa or you can rent a cabin. November 13 to January 2. Click here for more information.
Centennial Olympic Park  Located in the center of downtown Atlanta Centennial Park has a light display called Holiday in Lights.  It’s free, offers exceptional views of the downtown Atlanta skyline, and you can go to nearby restaurants for dinner.  If you are up for it, you can pay to go ice skating or ride the ferris wheel too!  November 21 – January 10Here is more information.
Lake Lanier The Lake Lanier Magical Nights of Lights show is a 7-mile drive through, and you will see some of the most extravagant light displays you can imagine, including themed sections like the 12 Days of Christmas and the Dancing Holiday House. Children can roast marshmellows and go on pony rides as well as get their picture taken with Santa.  Here are more details. November 16 to December 31.
Stone Mountain You’ll want to go to Stone Mountain where you can spend all day and night with Christmas activities. There is Snow Mountain, where the park’s great lawn is transformed into a snowy wonderland where kids of all ages can go sledding, build igloos and snowmen, have snowball fights and more. Asthe sun sets, Crossroads Village sparkles with over 2 million lights and a gigantic outdoor Christmas tree, and the mountain is lit up by a holiday-themed laser show. There are sing-along train rides, storytellers, the Polar Express 4D film experience and numerous live shows. There is also a Christmas parade and a fireworks display! Go Here for further information. November 7 to January 3.
And # 6…. I know I said 5, but who’s to criticize? On Winall Down off Peachtree Dunwoody between Peachtree and Loridans, a family does a fabulous display you won’t see anywhere else. They have over 150 inflatables in their front yard and it is definitely worth a drive by.
For more fabbo neighborhood lights, go Here.
Written by Dore Brooks, Buyer Specialist at The Peters Company
REALTOR® Equal Housing Opportunity